Planning Your Season (Podcast #30)

Planning Your Season (Podcast #30)

SMART Cycling GoalsDo you have goals for next season?  Do you want to succeed at those goals and have an even stronger season than you did this year?  Do you have a definite plan for how your season is going to go?

I'd wager that most of you want to be stronger next season than you were during this season.  If you're among one of the many who read the last question and are shaking your head, today I'm going to help you figure that out.

On this edition of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll talk you through the process of planning your season.  While I won't provide you a training plan, I'll provide you all the tools you'll need to set up your season and build your training schedule properly.  As a bonus, I'm offering my season planning spreadsheet to everyone free of charge.  I encourage you to download it and follow along as I talk about planning your season goals, races and calendar.

Click through for more after the jump:

  • Setting your season goals
  • Planning your A, B and C races
  • Working backwards from your goals to add the relevant training at the relevant week
  • Special circumstances to keep in mind during the planning process

You can download my season planning spreadsheet by clicking the link and opening in Microsoft Excel or Google Documents.
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And don't forget: Tour of the Battenkill is April 5th and 6th.  You can get my new, revised and improved 20 week Battenkill Training Plan in my store, and be well on your way to the podium.  Remember to save 10% with the coupon code Podcast10 in this week's podcast.

About the Author:

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Pharmacology, I continued my education with a doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. As I progressed through my education, I was able to apply the concepts I learned in the lab to my own daily workouts and goals. At the time, I was following some of the principles of traditional coaching and getting mediocre results. Frustrated, I realized that if I could apply all my physiology, chemistry, nutrition and training knowledge, I could “build a better mousetrap” not just for my own training, but for other athletes. With this goal in mind, I started Tailwind Coaching, to help cyclists [with busy lives and limited training time] become stronger, faster, fitter and healthier. And while I may not be a ex-ProTour rider, an Olympic Coach or even a prolific race winner, I am something that most coaches are not: a regular guy just like you who has a job, a family and a desire to be a stronger cyclist.